Local Wire


This year's Ozzfest — the 11th annual orgy of leather, tattoos, long hair, beer, boobs, pit surfing, devil horns, heat exhaustion, and metal/hard rock of all varieties — is particularly notable for two reasons: For the first time in the tour's history, namesake Ozzy Osbourne won't be headlining the main stage, either as a solo act or with Black Sabbath. He's gone into semi-retirement and is slated to appear at only a handful of Ozzfest stops this summer (and Phoenix ain't one of 'em). And this might be the last time you ever get to see System of a Down perform live — they're the headliners, but the California alt-metal foursome recently announced they're going on indefinite hiatus after the tour, placing them in the same category as Fugazi, Blink-182, and a bunch of other bands you'll probably never hear from again. Aside from that earth-shattering news, Ozzfest XI is more or less the same as Ozzfests III, VII, IX, etc. — lots of volume, screaming, jackhammering, and testosterone emanating from two stages, from the likes of Hatebreed, Disturbed, Atreyu, Avenged Sevenfold, Bleeding Through, and, of course, Zakk Wylde's Black Label Society.
KEEP PHOENIX NEW TIMES FREE... Since we started Phoenix New Times, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Phoenix, and we'd like to keep it that way. With local media under siege, it's more important than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" program, allowing us to keep offering readers access to our incisive coverage of local news, food and culture with no paywalls.
Michael Alan Goldberg